2017 Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir

2017 Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir

95 Points Bob Campbell MW
2017 Dry River Martinborough Pinot Noir
95 Points Bob Campbell MW

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Is this NZ’s top Pinot? Huge fruit depth and complexity comes from old vines (20+ years), tender viticulture and extremely low yields. Sheer fruit depth with layers undertones of earthy herbs and spice all cry out for development in bottle -- but are appealing young as well. Drinking this you are in the presence of greatness, with concentration and authenticity that might command twice this price one day. Any good cellar or table needs this wine.

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$89.99 in mixed 6+ or $99.99 per bottle



Pinot Noir

Its Origins

Dry River took its simple but evocative name from an historic sheep station that used to exist a few kilometres away on the dry, wandering river plains between Martinborough and lake Wairarapa. Planted by the visionary Neil and Dawn McCallum in 1979 - a good few years ahead of ‘old hand’ Alan Limmer in Gimblett Gravels - Dry River were not only ahead of the curve but can these days speak meaningfully about the old vine presence and impact on the estate’s production. With an approach and culture that feels quite European, Dry River are interested in sustainability and minimal intervention - especially in the winery - but always with a reasoned eye for what is pragmatic and particular to their terroir. Eschewing the Kiwi obsession with varietal flavour-making and wines to drink now, Dry River focus their impressive resources on the simple but complex task of producing and preserving true physiological ripeness, in this way making wines of extreme quality and balance that are often approachable young but reach their true expression after some years in cellar.

What The Critics Say

95/100 Bob Campbell

"Lighter, more elegant and less of a blockbuster pinot noir than usual. Cherry, floral, peppery with a suggestion of dried herb flavours. A little closed at this stage but showing good vinosity and moderate complexity. 19/4/2019." Drink 2019 - 2025

Stats & Food Matching

  • Variety

    Pinot Noir

  • Colour


  • Region

    Martinborough / Wairarapa

  • Closure


  • Volume


  • Alcohol


  • Maturity

    2019 - 2025

This Wine Goes Well With

with BEEF
with DUCK



Delivery & Returns

We deliver throughout New Zealand and to some locations overseas. Our deliveries are made by trusted third party carriers. For further details on prices and delivery options please go to DELIVERY INFORMATION section of our site.

If for any reason you are not entirely happy with your order or you suspect that they may be affected by a quality issue, please do not hesitate to contact us and we will remedy the problem straight away. Contact us on 0800 422 767.


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